2015 - 2017, London and nationwide
We take risks. We celebrate the voices of women. We create a powerful forum for women who have experienced violence.
In Autumn 2015, we worked with Solace Women's Aid to deliver a series of creative workshops for women who have experienced violence, with the theme of Blue Skies at its core.
Through visual art, photography and spoken word, women explored transformations, their hopes and aspirations. During the creation process we created a safe space indicating clearly that everything was possible, and would be respected and appreciated. We took risks by asking them to tear up their artwork, to venture outside and take shots.
'People who've experienced violence often alternate between seeing themselves either as victims or survivors. In this group we could begin to see ourselves as both of these but also as creators.'
- Blue Skies participant
During weekly sessions, women experimented with process, artforms and subject matter. Gently participants emerged as artists, revealing their talents. The project culminated in the women developing their perspectives through the lens of a camera. Collaboratively and independently women explored their surrounding environments producing a final photography show.
The Blues Skies Exhibition is a selection of 17 photographs, touring to galleries throughout 2017.
Interested in hosting the Blue Skies Exhibition? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call on 0208 692 4446 (ext 273)
In Autumn 2016, we ran these workshops again with clients of Refuge, the national domestic violence charity. For 10 weeks, women who've experienced violence worked with our team exploring themes of hope, aspiration and rebuilding through multi-media art forms.
To find out more about these workshops email Spare Tyre or call 020 8692 4446 (ext. 273)